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Kick Your Korean into Gear with a Proven, Effective Program Designed to Fit Perfectly Into and Around Your Life
If you’re serious about improving your Korean, then I highly recommend you check out all you can about this program. We have been helping people for nearly a decade now, and we are confident we can help you as well.
We have put answers to the most commonly-asked questions below, however if you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. You can email me at rob@KoreanDigitalAcademy.com or head to our facebook page and ask anything you’d like. If you’re wondering it, there’s a good chance someone else is too.
Otherwise, when you’re ready to save your seat, click here to complete the registration process.
Here are a bunch of really common questions we get.
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The design of this program was very much influenced by this TEDtalks presentation, and consists of two main aspects (with the addition of a "third" I'll talk about more below):
(1) the video “lectures” that explain how the language works, taught in plain, simple-to-understand English that is easy to make sense of and improve from, and...
(2) the live practice sessions with a native Korean speaker where you get highly-structured (with the exact amount of structure depending on your level, goals and personal preferences) and effective practice of what you learned in the videos, to help you really improve your ability to SPEAK this language.
The video lectures:
There's more details below on who in the world I am and how I came to teach Korean, but the most basic version of it is: I started teaching live classes in the city I was living in (Suncheon, Jeollanamdo) Korea in late 2005.
Other than a brief period in 2007 (when my wife and I got married and we started an English school together), I kept teaching Korean for the next four years and in 2009, I recorded those classes (while teaching them live) and put them online for people:
Because they were recorded live, it’s like you’re sitting in the classroom when you watch them. The best part is of course- unlike most programs -you don't have to travel anywhere to get to them, and you don't have to adhere to a "set class time" each week like most programs!
The “lecture” portion of these classes is those videos, and they will be available for you to watch any time you like, and as many times as you’d like (in case you ever wanted to go back and review something).
Please note: the only thing we typically ask is that you make sure to have watched and studied them before coming to the practice session so that we’re all on the same page and can spend all of our time actually speaking and practicing Korean, rather than having to explain things that were already explained in the video.
And of course, during or after watching the videos, if you ever have any questions you’d like cleared up, you can always email us and ask, and we will get back to you asap.
The live "practice" portion of the class:
The practice sessions are the final key piece to the program. Because this is a "go at your own pace" program, there are no "weekly" practice sessions that you have to keep up with. Instead, you can book these as you go.
I will give you recommendations as to when (in the learning process) I think you *should* have them, however you are free to have them as much or little as you want, if you even decide you want any at all.
Perhaps you have someone in your life (a practice partner, friend, boy or girlfriend, or spouse) that you can practice with. The value for you in this program will still be (A) the clear explanations of the language and (B) the learning "structure" and method we provide.
Not only will it help with you and your efforts to speak the language better, but it will help provide structure to your practice sessions (help you know what to work on, and what to ask of your practice partner), to help you make the best use of that time as well.
And as mentioned above, there is actually a "middle" phase as well:
This phase comes between the video lectures and the practice session, and is the key step to enabling you to make immediate and consistent improvement in your ability to speak Korean.
Referred to here as "Deliberate Practice" , it also happens to be the step most people leave out, and most programs neglect to incorporate or address as well.
However when time is an issue, to ensure consistent improvement, it's important you make good use of the time you do have, and ONLY focus on actions that will move you closer to your goal of speaking Korean.
I will show you exactly how to do this in a very effective and efficient manner, that allows you to make noticeable and consistent progress that fits it into the time you have available per day and week.
And this step also fits perfectly around you're life, because it consists mostly of steps that you not only can do on your own, but that you actually SHOULD on your own!
I will show you exactly how what to do, and how to do it so it takes only the amount of time you can afford to spend in a particular day.
"It doesn't matter if you're coming in with no Korean, or lots of vocab but no idea of sentence structure like me ... this school will make you better."
English Teacher, South Korea
In this section we will cover exactly what you get with this program, and exactly how much it costs (including the trial rate)...
Here's exactly what you get
with this program...
With the "Go at Your Own Pace" program, you get unlimited on-demand access to our entire digital library, including:
These video lectures were recorded in a live classroom setting in Korea (so it is like you are in the class as well), and provide simple, easy to understand explanations of how the language works, so you can apply it easier, and therefore improve faster.
The lectures start right in the beginning leaving nothing out, and walk you step by step through the language, on what I believe to be the shortest, most direct route from beginner to conversational (and beyond) in Korean.
Please note: just because the lectures start right in the beginning does not mean you have to. As part of the registration process, we work together with you to find a starting point that is right for you and you're happy with.
Included with each lecture are:
These are recordings of the main target language in each video class that you can use to improve your listening and your pronunciation
These are the exact same we use in all the video lectures so you can follow along perfectly and take notes (again, just like you’re in the class)
These are review/practice pages that you can download, print off, and fill out for extra practice and better retention of all the concepts, vocab, and structures you learn in the videos (not available for classes #1 and 2 ‘cause those are just about how to read and write)
Unlike traditional classes, and thanks again to the "flipped classroom" concept we employ, you have the ability to go back and review any lecture you'd like
Any time you have a question, you are welcome to email us and ask anything you like, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. If you're wondering it, there's a good chance someone else is too. All we ask is that you please just reference which class and material you're referring to when you do.^^
Learning to speak the language without improving your ear for it is like learning to swim without using your legs: sure you could do it, but it wouldn't be anywhere near as effective.
The listening activities are made of natural Korean conversations and include the target language that you will learn throughout the main program, to help improve your ear for the language AND help you consolidate and retain everything you're learning.
For the program to be effective, it's important to start with material that will engage and challenge you yet not leave you overwhelmed. So part of the registration process will be to figure out exactly which level will be the most appropriate for you and your current speaking level.
It's one thing to "learn" vocab, structures, and concepts in the language, but what do we do with that info to guarantee we develop the ability to actually SAY it?
This "Path of Guaranteed Progress" goes over the exact steps and process I took to become conversational in Korean in approximately nine months. The steps are simple to do, are designed to fit into and around a person's schedule (no matter how busy they might be), and I believe can help shortcut anyone's path to becoming conversational and beyond in the Korean language.
These are not just some videos online.
This is a REAL course that...
For the first 14 days, it is only going to cost you $1. Here's why...
I know people find this program useful because I’ve been getting messages just like all the ones you’ll find all over this page from people who are so happy they were able to find this class ‘cause it finally helped them make sense of a language that many describe as difficult (but is actually quite logical in many ways, it just has to be explained right).
But at the same time I understand that…
Someone coming here who was not referred by someone else and so might not know anything about these classes can be very skeptical. Is this really gonna help? Can I trust this guy? Is this a scam? All the classic questions people have when they come to a site they don’t know that requires them to give money. Fair, yes, ‘cause there are a lot of shit-turds out there who cause that kind of skepticism.
But here’s the thing…I don't want to spend ANY time "convincing" anybody.
So by offering a $1 trial, I can let you find out for yourself what they're like, confirm everything we said on this website about them, and make the most informed decision possible about whether they're actually going to help you or not.
After the 14 days is up, the program is only $27/month. Here's why..
I have priced this program low like this because I want people to be able to progress through the course at their own pace without feeling like they're wasting their money if they go slower than perhaps they'd like.
And then on top of that..
If you would like to book a practice session with one of our teachers, they are $35/hour, with discounts available for buying in bulk. If you purchase a pack of four sessions at once, to be used whenever you'd like, is only $120, or the equivalent of $30/session.
"I also want to add my applause for KDA!!! It is helping me learn a lot! Material is very well presented and explained in the videos. The necessary weekly practice lessons are really fun and very helpful. Can't recommend KDA enough to all who would like to learn Korean!”
Korean Culture Super Fan, California, USA
A very fair question! My name is Rob Julien, I am the creator of this program and academy, and I am the teacher in the "video lecture" portion of these classes.
Your name is Rob???
That doesn't sound very Korean!
Haha, you’re right, it doesn’t. And that’s because I’m not. And if that makes you a bit skeptical about this in any way, then I’d urge you to keep reading below to find out why the fact that I’m NOT Korean, although it is a bit counter-intuitive, is actually a GOOD thing for you and your want to learn Korean.
(and it's not just me who thinks that; all my past students as well as your Korean teachers all agree)
I came here back in 2003 to teach English and have been living here ever since, and quite literally living “in Korean” in many ways…
That’s not an entire list obviously, but there are lots of things I do and have done here that have helped me progress my Korean, and some opportunities - like the TV hosting gig - that came as a RESULT of being able to speak Korean.
But, it hasn't always been this way!!
When I first came here, I knew absolutely nothing about Korean.
But I did know I was going to be here for a few years at least and that I really wanted to get to know the culture and so to do that, I would need the language. So I set out to study.
But the problem was...
At that time, there were no good resources to learn from.
The books were terrible, and the classes - on top of very bad explanations by the teachers tended to teach super formal Korean which, for someone first starting out, is definitely NOT the level they should learn in...
So long story short, I basically started putting the language together myself.
I happened to find a book (that was actually meant for teaching English!!) that had a bunch of sentence patterns in it with the Korean translations on the backside.
So I would sit down and write out all literally all those Korean sentences and as I did, keep an eye out for patterns in them. Once I’d found something, I’d double-check it with my boss or co-teachers at the time to see if I was right.
And once I had pulled out everything I needed from those sentences (the structures, etc), I would pull out all the vocabulary I could as well.
Then I would then set to memorizing the vocabulary and the rules (NOT the sentences) from that page and practice until I could say literally every sentence on that page from UNDERSTANDING, not just straight memorization of each sentence. Then I would go onto the next page.
And by learning that way (as opposed to just memorizing sentences), as I learned more vocabulary and sentence structures and...
The amount I could say in Korean started to multiply...
‘Cause as I learned new sentence structures, I could apply the vocab I already knew into them; and vice versa, as I learned new vocabulary, through understanding I was able to apply it into all the sentence structures I had already learned.
Anyways, I continued this process for about 10 months until I was conversational, and let me you...it was long and it was tedious, and at the time it really sucked!
But looking back on it now, I’m glad it worked out that way, ‘cause it gave me a really deep understanding of Korean...
And I discovered a couple things…
Sure there are some things that are quite different than in English, but “different” does not have to mean “difficult”, as long as you get it explained in a simple, easy-to-understand way.
But more importantly...
I mentioned that it took me 10 months to get conversational, and that’s because not only did I have to learn it, I actually had to figure it out first!
But knowing what I now know, I really believe someone can become conversational in as little as three months if they really apply themselves.
And so that’s who I am and what this course is all about. To help you...
Well that’s the first part anyways...
The second part of this program is focused on what you do with the information to guarantee you improve your ability to actually speak the language!
Information without both a plan and an outlet to develop the ability to actually say what you learn, is what leads many people down a path of learning for months (sometimes years)... but fail to develop the ability or the confidence to actually hold a conversation in Korean, or the ability to even recall much of what they learned.
Unfortunately for most people, despite their want to learn, they simply don’t have access to a decent class or people they can actually practice and use their Korean with.
And for those who do have classes available to them, often they are...
So the second part of this class is
designed to help you...
...with our "Path of Guaranteed Progress", that walks you a practical method to practice everything you learn both on your own, and live with a native Korean-speaker (optional)
"Rob, I have to say that I am really loving the course. I'm already noticing these structures when I listen to the other teachers speaking Korean at my school. Also, I'm really loving the active learning."
English Teacher, South Korea
"That all sounds great, Rob, but to be honest, the idea of learning from someone who is not Korean still feels a bit weird to me."
I get that. I really do. ‘Cause pretty much everyone who comes to my class without knowing me (basically without being referred here by someone else) has some version of the same thought in the beginning.
Let me ask you a question...
(and this is not to sound condescending in any way, it’s just meant
to prove a point, ‘cause I do get your skepticism)…
Who would you say is a better judge of my ability
to speak Korean and teach Korean:
(B) a Korean person who has seen my videos and heard me speak, knows exactly what this class is all about, and likes it so much they actually help me teach it (and have been for years now)?
‘Cause the fact is, I have five Korean people that work with me and run these practice sessions.
They’ve seen the videos, they’ve heard me teach and speak Korean, and they agree that this is a good course, which is the reason they decided to join me when I decided to launch these live practice sessions.
So while you might be a bit skeptical right now, put your faith in them!
And at the end of the day, you’re getting to try everything out for two weeks for only a buck!
So really, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain ‘cause in only two weeks from now, if you follow our instruction, you WILL have improved and you WILL be speaking more Korean, and I promise you it’s going to feel great.
Currently there are four levels in total here at KDA providing a suitable class for almost all levels (and we are currently in production of L5).
Level one starts right in the beginning for people who have zero experience with Korean, and Level 4 is high enough that since 2012, I have only turned about about 4-5 people for being "too high".
After registering, as mentioned, we will work together with you to determine the best place to start in the class.
“I really liked your Korean classes; it was the only time I studied Korean and felt there was a logic to it and a system to the teaching. I felt you could understand English-speakers’ problems learning Korean.”
Suncheon National University Language Professor, S. Korea
To watch the videos? No, there is not. We host our videos on Vimeo, which is a very well-known and easily streamable video-hosting service.
To join the live practice sessions (which are optional with this program and can be booked separately if and when you want), yes, but it’s pretty straight forward. We use a program called Zoom which is super easy to use and, after COVID-19, most people are pretty familiar with.
However 3 things you WILL need (should you book a speaking-practice session) are:
“Hey man, just wanted to let you know that the classes were great and that I could write a lot about how well you teach them. I think you’re chill, easy going, make people feel comfortable and one of the best teachers I’ve had, period. Keep doing what you’re doing.”
High School Principle, Oregon, USA
Absolutely, you can. The first two classes from each level are currently open and available for you to check out.
On top of letting you see exactly what the classes are like, it will also give you a glimpse into what level may be right for you.
Click here to head to the class area (can also be access from the members home page).
"I could not have been happier with the class. It met my expectations. It got me speaking."
Korean Culture Super Fan
Yes, please do!
We want people to be as informed as possible when making their decision, so please do ask! The best way to get in touch is either to reply to any of the emails you've received from us, or you can email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
And other than that, a few last things I'll finish off with...
Because this program is a "go at your own pace" thing, there really is no registration deadline or anything like that.
However, it has been my experience that the people who get the best results and improve their Korean the fastest are the people simply get started and get after it.
I can understand if you aren't quite ready to start because you still have questions, and that's totally fair - I certainly encourage you to find out everything you can before starting, and getting in touch if you still have questions - however once you're ready, I would then encourage you to start right away.
I mentioned somewhere already I think that learning Korean is a lot like skiing (easily my favourite past-time) in the fact that it perpetually becomes more enjoyable the better you get at it, and so it's very worth just starting now 'cause the quicker you can make that improvement, the quicker you'll be speaking.
And the quicker you begin speaking, the more fun it becomes, which in turns fires up your motivation to keep going... and so on.
If you're ready to put in the effort it takes to learn this language, we'll help you make sure you get the most out of that effort and get you speaking Korean.
If that sounds okay to you, then I would encourage you to get registered now now and we’ll speak again soon.
P.S. I like to keep in contact with students of these classes and so I have a completely-optional survey that people can fill out and use to help me improve the class.
Well one question I ask on that survey is...
“What do you like about the classes?”
Here are a whole bunch of answers that I’ve got (these are all screenshots of the actual survey results). As you can see, these are from a while ago as, like I said, I've been doing this a long time!
P.P.S. If you’ve seen enough and are excited to get started, well I’m excited as well. Click this blue button just below to get registered and I’ll see you in class!
P.P.P.S. In case you just scrolled straight to the bottom, here are all the FAQs again to save you having to scroll all the way back up...
Here are the FAQs again, to save you scrolling all the way back up.
Click any one to jump up to its answer...
I love the class. The course is fun, the material is relevant, the explanations are clear, the classes are well organized, the individual help is outstanding, the price is great . . .What can I say, do you think maybe you could serve refreshments? : )
Arnelle; High School English Teacher, South Korea
I studied with the Korean Digital Academy and it was brilliant. It’s very well organized, it made a huge difference to my Korean speaking ability, it works around your timetable and I can highly recommend it. Get in touch with Rob, he is super helpful.
Karen MacHale; English Teacher, South Korea